Family of late officer accused of theft won't get pension
Posted August 10
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The family of a Massachusetts police officer who died before he was scheduled to plead guilty to stealing from an evidence room will not receive any of his remaining pension.
Kevin Burnham's family will give up about $74,000 under a settlement with the city of Springfield approved Wednesday.
Burnham was accused of stealing nearly $400,000. Prosecutors said he stole cash from envelopes involving drug cases when he was in charge of the Springfield Police Department's evidence room from 2009 until his 2014 retirement.
He was found dead of an apparent suicide at his Wilbraham home June 5, the same day he was expected to plead guilty to larceny.
The attorney general's office dropped all charges after his death.